Friday 16 December 2022

Stitching Update

It’s time to see what I have been up to on the stitching front this month.  

I have continued to keep up with my 15 minutes of stitching per day, except for Wednesday.  I did go to Spotlight and spent more than 15 minutes buying fabric on their sale.  However, I’m not quite sure if that counts.
Most of the time it has been working away on my knitted shawl/scarf.  I’ve really enjoyed it.  So much so, that it is finished.  I’m really happy with how it has turned out.  The colours are quite different to what I would normally choose, but it will be quite versatile.  It should work with dark olive, light or dark denim blue, black, grey and white. The yarn was nice and soft to work with and therefore is nice a soft to wear next to the skin.  It’s just a nice size too, as well as having nice drape.  (So many "nices" in there.) I can’t quite believe that both yarns that I bought in October have been used up.  Not like me at all.  Now, I’m ready to get something else on my needles, while I’m in the mood.
Until about a week ago I hadn’t turned my sewing machine on at all.  Finally, I stopped procrastinating and decided on a pattern for the Harry Potter quilt.  It is Bonnie Hunter’s Streak of Sunshine. A quick and easy pattern.  I had the blocks made on one day, adding the borders the next.  The pattern called for width of fabric strips, whereas I only had a fat quarters.  It still worked.

Only half of the fat quarters were used, so I proceeded to cut out an identical quilt to stitch at another time.
While I was on a roll, I grabbed a couple of other five fat quarter bundles I had and cut out more quilts.

Minnie Mouse will be a Garden Path quilt by Jedi Craft Girl. That uses pretty much the whole bundle.
Winnie the Pooh, plus a few extra fat quarters, will be a Bricks Baby Quilt by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter.  It only used less than half the bundle.  Therefore, I also cut out two Lone Star Baby Quilts also by Amy Smart.
I was still enthused, so grabbed another five fat quarter bundle and added a couple of other fabrics and cut out a second Bricks Baby Quilt.  I still have over half of those fat quarters, as well as another bundle, so will have to decide what else to make with them.

All the additional fabrics came from stash too.  I had a rather long length of white homespun, but I used nearly all of it, which is why I had to go shopping at Spotlight, to replace it.

There you go.  A nice little pile of projects to work on.  Having several means that I can also use them as leaders and enders, if I wish.
I have also finally completed the stitching on my little Christmas Bells cross stitch, working the backstitch.  The pattern calls for it to be made into a tiny gift bag, but I don’t think I want to do that.  I still have to make up my mind what I will do.  There’s no rush.  Christmas is still nine days away………OMG!!!
I needed to find something easy in the way of hand stitching and after hunting around I came across a few incomplete origami butterflies.  Some were still just cut out and a few were stitched around the outside.  I have now ladder stitched a few openings and started to play with the folding.  That little lot should keep me amused for a couple of days.

I had decided to try to knit my first pair of socks, but don’t have the right sized circular needle.  I have placed an online order, so will have to just wait for a little while until the mail arrives.  I’m really looking forward to trying them out.  I’ve been watching Youtube videos, so think they should go OK.  Fingers crossed.

I’ll keep you updated.


loulee said...

That's a cute wee quilt and you have lots more planned. Your shawl looks lovely and like you say very versatile colour wise too. Have fun with the sock knitting.

Fiona said...

The scarf is beautiful and looks very good on you..... a lot happening at your place...

Jenny said...

You have been busy! I enjoy making small baby and toddler quilts too, uses up some kiddies prints which seem to grow, or in my case, have been donated.

cityquilter grace said...

all very nice projects janice...the scarf is quite fetching...and i'll be watching your sock progress as i've thought about making some as well...

Karen's Korner said...

I could use that pretty shawl.....wet with a cold wind here all weekend. It does drape nicely and looks lovely and soft. Nice work on the baby quilt and lovely fabric bought for more.

jude's page said...

The scarf looks great, and after all that prep you will have some quick projects to sew now.